FAME (Financial Analysis Made Easy) contains information on over 2.8 million (public and private) active companies in the UK and Ireland. Historical information on companies no longer active is also available. There is up to 10 years worth of information from each company.
ACTIVITY 3A: Single Criterion Search
This activity is aimed at introducing you to Fame by searching for one company. It will provide an overview of some of the financial information available to you.
Tip: If you are unfamiliar with any of the terms in the report you may wish to refer to the financial terms dictionary at www.investopedia.com .
ACTIVITY 3B: Multiple Criteria Searching
This activity will look at a multiple criteria search in order to search for urban and suburban passenger land transport companies with a number of employees greater than 1500. Note in this activity we will only consider two search criteria, but when searching in the future you can use as few or as many of the search criteria from the centre of the FAME homepage in order to create a group of companies specific to your needs.
The Boolean logic combining the search criteria can be changed. Rather than the default of 1 AND 2 AND 3 (which means the companies returned will match all search criteria), the criteria can be changed to 1 OR 2 OR 3 (meaning the companies returned will match one or more of the search criteria, but not necessarily all).
ThomsonONE.com (T1.com) provides integrated access to authoritative company and financial data from a variety of industry-leading sources. It contains information on over 60,000 domestic and global companies. Accounting items are standardised to make company comparisons possible and share price data on each company goes back up to 10 years. Also contained are Investext broker reports as well as an extensive deals (mergers & acquisitions and equity) database. ThomsonONE.com also provides market news, exchange rate and equity indices data.
This activity will look at the Deals aspect of ThomsonONE.com
We have an extensive Deals database on ThomsonONE.com with extensive data on M&A and Equity deals. The M&A database contains details of 400,000+ global transactions as far back as 1977; the equity database contains over 80,000 global transactions since 1970 and will provide information on initial public offerings and private equity backed deals amongst other things. The deals contained in the database are updated daily.
There are many criteria in each of the deals modules that you can search on using the Advanced Search. The principles behind how each of the deals modules work is very similar.
The following example will show you how to find M&A deals for UK acquiror and target companies – the former being public – which took place between 01/01/2015 and 01/01/2016:
Note: the latter two icons are not available for all of the deals.
The process for selecting IPOs that match certain criteria is very similar, but you need to access the Equity Advanced Search.
Try selecting some IPOs that might be of interest. Some criteria that you might be interested in setting are as follows:
Deal Info > Issue Type (select IPO. This is done by either double clicking IPO or by clicking once to highlight the item and then click ‘Add’. Click OK. You may be asked: ‘The data item does not apply to all the databases in your current search results. Do you wish to include the deals from the non-applicable databases?’ Select ‘No’).